One of the things I love about Skottie Young‘s artwork is that it is so different from what everyone thinks successful comic book art needs to look like. It has style out the whazoo, is cartoony in a time when cartoon books aren’t popular, has amazing line work, and has a crazy simplicity where the shapes and design do all of the heavy lifting. It is beautiful stuff, and coming from a cartooning background myself, I have always admired his work.
I was asked to attend the Little Falls New York Third Thursday Celebration in June to speak with kids at the local school, then make chalk art for half the day to coincide with their evening outdoor vendors and entertainment. I knew at once this was a great chance to make a Skottie Young piece, and the cover for Rocket Raccoon #1 had just what I was looking for. I love the color, and the dramatic posing of the character, and it was perfect all around.
I am pretty happy with the final piece, I only had 6 hours to cover 70 square feet of drawing so I was rushed, but in the end I think it turned out pretty darn cool. What do you think?